Now that the feelings of boredom and frustration of not being able to do anything productive are familiar to most of us in COVID-closure countries, I’m going to share my experience of pre-pandemic unemployment.
Warm spring sun on the back. Cold grippy rock under my hands. Just an easy warm-up climb. Then, of course, my foot slips, and I hit it on the rock underneath. Ouch. Now it’s not a time for unnecessary injuries, the healthcare system is busy enough. On the last full day before the UK COVID-19 … Continue reading Enjoying the outdoors – Before it was forbidden
Last time I wrote about my visit to Askham Hall, an old country house turned into a boutique-hotel which serves very fine food. It was nice to sit by the fire at Askham Hall lounge, drinking tea, and having a quiet conversation. The atmosphere in the mansion was leisurely and comfortable, very different from another … Continue reading Chatsworth House – a lot of everything
Usually I prefer to cook my meals and save some money. However, a dining experience where everything – taste, appearance, smell, and texture – is carefully considered is a real treat. Such is the fine dining experience at an old Lake District country house called Askham Hall.
I knew that Barter Books is one of the biggest second-hand bookshops in the UK, yet I didn’t expect it to be so great.
An autumnal festival with torches and treats. But, instead of witches and monsters, all sorts of animals are celebrated. This is a fair full of food, music, and crafts. And, of course, a torch-lit procession.
The smellscape takes me right to the Mediterranean. But I can feel no wind, and the ceiling is made of plastic. I am in a giant greenhouse-bubble.